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Tigers storm Thomond Park
6-13
Thomond Park, Limerick   Att: 13,200
Saturday 20th January 2007, 17:35
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Peter Stringer of Munster clears out the scrum
Match report
Irish flanker Shane Jennings broke his countrymen's hearts with a storming performance as the Tigers out-muscled the Heineken Cup holders in awful conditions at Thomond Park.

The Tigers played into the wind and rain in the first half, but they dominated the set pieces to take an 8-6 lead into halftime. With the conditions at their backs in the second spell, they extended their lead through centre Ollie Smith to become the first side in Heineken Cup history to win at Thomond Park. And in the process, they went to the top of Pool 4 and secured a home quarter-final, consigning the defending champions to an away match in the final eight.

Leicester brought back England prop Julian White for the match, with centre Smith stepping in for injury victim Daryl Gibson just before kick-off. Munster made no changes to the side who struggled to beat Bourgoin last weekend.

An early break from centre Dan Hipkiss silenced the home crowd as the Tigers dominated the early exchanges, and fly-half Ian Humphreys - younger brother of Ireland hero David - opened the scoring with a penalty goal in the fifth minute.

The Heineken Cup's leading scorer, Ronan O'Gara, took his all-time tally to 833 with a penalty goal to level the scores, but the Tigers were back in control when full-back Geordan Murphy powered over near the corner. Scrum-half Harry Ellis ran over the top of O'Gara and some quick hands from backrower Lewis Moody gave the elusive Murphy the space to score.

Munster looked to hit back with a scrum on the Tigers' line, but in White and Italy star Martin Castrogiovanni, Leicester have two of the best props in the business and they simply pushed the home scrum off the ball.

O'Gara snared a second goal in the last act of the first half, but Tigers fans were singing as their men took an invaluable 8-6 lead into the second half.

Three straight penalties moved Munster to within touching distance of the Tigers line in the opening exchanges of the second half, but Murphy was superb under a swirling O'Gara up-and-under and hacked the ball back into enemy territory.

The Tigers pack continued to dominate their back-pedalling rivals, but the visitors couldn't convert territory into points as goal-kicker Humphreys struggled with the wind.

Both sides went toe to toe in the closing stages, but it was the Tigers pack who dominated, and did what no other team had done in Limerick.

Munster V Leicester Tigers
 PDCTPlayerPlayerTCDP 
Shaun Payne 15 Geordan Murphy 1
Replacement off John Kelly 14 Seru Rabeni
Barry Murphy 13 Dan Hipkiss Replacement off
Lifeimi Mafi 12 Ollie Smith 1
Ian Dowling 11 Alesana Tuilagi Replacement off
2 Ronan O'Gara 10 Ian Humphreys 1
Peter Stringer 9 Harry Ellis
Marcus Horan 1 Martin Castrogiovanni Replacement off
Replacement off Frankie Sheahan 2 George Chuter
John Hayes 3 Julian White
Donncha O'Callaghan 4 Leo Cullen
Paul O'Connell (capt) 5 Louis Deacon Man of the Match
Replacement off Mick O'Driscoll 6 Lewis Moody
David Wallace 7 Shane Jennings
Denis Leamy 8 Martin Corry (capt)
Replacements
Replacement on Jerry Flannery 16 James Buckland
Fredericio Pucciariello 17 Marcos Ayerza Replacement on
Replacement on James Coughlan 18 Ben Kay
Replacement on Anthony Foley 19 Jordan Crane
Replacement on Tomas O'Leary 20 Frank Murphy
Jeremy Manning 21 Leon Lloyd Replacement on
Christian Cullen 22 Sam Vesty Replacement on
Penalty Tries
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0
First half timeline
1MunsterWith Thomond Park set for redevelopment, can Munster's proud unbeaten record at home in the Heineken Cup record survive one more threat from the visiting Tigers?
1MunsterRonon O'Gara gets the match underway, and the ball is fielded by Martin Corry who passes to Ellis
1Leicester TigersWhat a start for Leicester, Dan Hipkiss explodes through the Munster defence, past Shaun Payne and up to halfway
3MunsterMunster backrow Mick O'Driscoll is penalized at the breakdown, and Ian Humphreys lines up a shot at goal, with silence perfectly observed by the home fans
4Leicester Tigers
Penalty kick - I Humphreys
The fly half slots his kick through to open the scoring
5MunsterMunster have the first lineout of the match just outside Leicester's 10m line, and Sheahan throws to Paul O'Connell who starts an attack
7Leicester TigersHumphreys shows his composure with a lovely tough finding kick to lead to a Munster lineup on the home10m line, the home side earn a penalty after the Tigers defence handle on the floor
8Leicester TigersMunster try their famous catch and drive for the first time, but excellent defence by Martin Castrogiovanni pushes them back, and eventually they are guilty of holding on and Geordan Murphy puts his penalty kick into touch on halfway
10MunsterThe match is paused while O'Gara receives treatment after a hard tackle by Corry
12MunsterO'Gara misses a shot at goal after Castrogiovanni is penalised for using the elbow
13Leicester TigersThe ball runs dead beyond the Leicester try line, and Leicester have a 22 drop out
16MunsterMunster look to build a solid platform, as the forwards attack Leicester's 22 - eventually Marcus Horan chases his own chip to the try line, and Ellis fields the ball. However the ball becomes unplayable and Leicester have a scrum
19MunsterO'Driscoll leaps highest at the lineup and the ball is worked to the backs, O'Gara steps into the 22 and the home side get a penalty as Leicester's hands are all over the ball on the floor
20Munster
Penalty kick - R O'Gara
21Munster
Substitution - T O'Leary on for J Kelly
23Leicester Tigers
Try - G Murphy
From a scum on halfway, Harry Ellis powerfully runs into the 22, on the next phase Lewis Moody outwits the defence and passes to Murphy who dives over to score
24Leicester TigersThe wind and rain are falling in Thomond Park, and Humphreys' kick is just wide
25Leicester TigersTuiliagi takes a mark in his 22, and immediately charges forward, breaking two tackles before being halted. The visitors have seized the momentum
29MunsterThe rain cascades down, but it doesn't stop O'Gara finding touch with his penalty kick and set up a lineout on the visitors 22 - but great defence from the Tigers pushes the home side back and O'Gara is forced to kick from hand to the corner
30Leicester TigersLeicester execute the defensive lineout brilliantly
32Leicester TigersMunster are playing the game in the Tigers' redzone, but they can't finds away through the defence, the effort by each team monumental at two Heineken heavyweights battle for suprmeacy
33Leicester TigersEventually the pressure is eased when O'Connell speaks out of turn to referee Joel Jutge, and Humphreys kicks his penalty to half way
35Leicester TigersGeordan Murphey knocks on as he tries catch a wonderful high kick by O'Gara and Munster have a scrum in front of the posts just 10m out
37Leicester TigersShane Jennings steals the ball in contact, what an effort by the flanker
39MunsterMunster have had the majority of possession in the last 10 minutes, but Leicester are winning the 50/50's and despite all Munster's pressure, they haven't really looked like scoring
40 +2MunsterPeter Stringer shows his footballing skills to keep a Leicester touchfinding kick in play, and then Shaun Payne moves the game upfield 40m with his touchfinding effort
40 +3MunsterAs the first half clock ticks down, the Tigers pull down a maul and O'Gara consults with his team mates, should he take the long pot at goal or go for the corner? - he opts for a shot
40 +4Munster
Penalty kick - R O'Gara
O'Gara uses the wind and watches his kick sail through as the final action of the half
Second half timeline
41Leicester TigersLeicester kick off the second half, just forty minutes remain in the Pool Stage of the Heineken Cup for Leicester and Munster - but who will be side that stands up? Who will be the side that wins the Pool? Only time will tell
43MunsterMunster have started the seond half well, a good lineout and forwards drive forces the Tigers defence to defend illegally and Joel Jutge to call a penalty - which O'Gara kicks to mid way between the 10 and 22 m. lines
44Leicester TigersThe attack comes to nothing, O'Gara tries a Garry Owen which is taken as a mark by Murphy, and his superb kick gives the Tigers breathing space
46Leicester TigersA great Tigers move sees Tuilagi show his speed and strength as he hands off defenders on a dash to the 22
48MunsterExcellent coverage by Ian Dowling to gather a bouncing ball from Murphy's chip in his dead ball area and run 15m from the line to clear the immediate danger
48Munster
Substitution - J Flannery on for F Sheahan
48Munster
Substitution - A Foley on for M O'Driscoll
51MunsterThe Tigers enjoying a good spell of possession in Munster territory, but O'Callaghan turns Deacon in the tackle and the attack is over
54Leicester TigersChuter throws long in the lineout to Corry, and the pack get a maul going, they work Munster backwards and Paul O'Connell is penalised
55Leicester TigersHumphreys misses with the penalty attempt, and Munster are let off the hook
56Leicester TigersCorry collects the restart kick and Leicester pour forward again, they seem to have the self belief that they can be the first side to ever beat Munster at Thomond Park in the Heineken Cup. But there is plenty of rugby left in this match
59MunsterMunster move the ball wide and the Thomond Park fans make some noise as Stringer takes a tap penalty quickly Marcus Horan thunders to five metres out, the chip ahead spins back from inside the dead ball area and into play, can Munster score?
61MunsterMunster have a succession of scrums infront of the posts - Munster have a chance to kick for goal, but O'Connell opts for an attacking scrum and the Tigers come up trumps, and get a penalty of their own to relieve the pressure
63Leicester TigersMunster fullback Shaun Payne drops a high ball and Leicester have a scrum on Munster's 22
64Leicester Tigers
Substitution - M Ayerza on for M Castrogiovanni
65Leicester TigersHumphreys breaks through but his pass to Smith on the Munster 22 and the move breaks down
66Leicester TigersThe TMO is called into action to determine whether Ollie Smiths beautiful outside break and touchdown in the corner is good
67Leicester Tigers
Try - O Smith
The try is good, and Munster's incredible Thomond park record is hanging by a thread
68Leicester TigersHumphreys cant add the extras, and tMunster are still within a converted try of their visitors
71MunsterMunster have the ball, but possession is labored and they are struggling to make inroads into Tigers territory
72Leicester Tigers
Substitution - S Vesty on for A Tuilagi
72Leicester Tigers
Substitution - L Lloyd on for D Hipkiss
73MunsterO'Gara makes 60m with a smart kick, now they need to put pressure on the Leicester lineout
74Leicester TigersCullen secures the ball at the line, he feeds Ellis who chips ahead and puts the tackle on O'Leary - who knocks on, and the Tigers clear from the resulting scrum
77Leicester TigersHumphreys tries a drop goal to put the game beyond Munster - but its well wide of the mark and O'Gara will restart the match
77Leicester Tigers
Substitution - S Vesty on for M Castrogiovanni
79MunsterCullen guilty of pulling down a Munster maul and the home side have a chance for one of their famous catch-and-drives
80Munster
Substitution - J Coughlan on for A Foley
80 +1MunsterO'Connell collects the lineout throw, Munster are metres out, the excitement inside Thomond Park is reaching fever pitch
80 +3MunsterMunster have a scrum 5 meters out, and they retain the ball under the posts, the ref sees an infringement and Munster have another scrum, the tension is unbearable
80 +4MunsterThe chance is gone as Leicester boss the scrum, will Munster's proud Heineken Cup record end? There are only seconds left to save it
80 +5Leicester TigersLouis Deacon wins the Heineken Cup Man-of-the-Match award for his amazing performance at the line and in the loose
80 +6Leicester TigersThe ref blows his whistle and Leicester have won in Limerick. Munster's record is broken. The Tigers pack was awesome, and they beat Munster at their own game, on their own patch
Results so far
Munster
DateStageOppositionScore
20/1/07Pool 4Leicester TigersL 6-13
14/1/07Pool 4BourgoinW 30-27
16/12/06Pool 4Cardiff BluesW 32-18
10/12/06Pool 4Cardiff BluesW 22-12
28/10/06Pool 4BourgoinW 41-23
22/10/06Pool 4Leicester TigersW 21-19
Leicester Tigers
DateStageOppositionScore
20/1/07Pool 4MunsterW 13-6
13/1/07Pool 4Cardiff BluesW 34-0
16/12/06Pool 4BourgoinW 57-3
8/12/06Pool 4BourgoinW 28-13
29/10/06Pool 4Cardiff BluesW 21-17
22/10/06Pool 4MunsterL 19-21
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Previous Heineken Cup meetings
DateStageHomeScoreAway
Sat 20th Jan 07Pool 4Munster6-13Leicester Tigers
Sun 22nd Oct 06Pool 4Leicester Tigers19-21Munster
Sun 13th Apr 03Quarter FinalsLeicester Tigers7-20Munster
Sat 25th May 02FinalLeicester Tigers15-9Munster
Heineken Cup History
Munster
2005/06 - Semi Finals
2004/05 - Pool 4
2003/04 - Pool 5
2002/03 - Semi Finals
2001/02 - Pool 4
2000/01 - Pool 4
1999/00 - Pool 4
1998/99 - Quarter Finals
1997/98 - Pool D
1996/97 - Pool D
1995/96 - Pool D
Leicester Tigers
2005/06 - Pool 3
2004/05 - Semi Finals
2003/04 - Pool 1
2002/03 - Quarter Finals
2001/02 - Semi Finals
2000/01 - Pool 6
1999/00 - Pool 1
1997/98 - Quarter-final playof
1996/97 - Semi Finals
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